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Long Term Monitoring of Health Inequalities: Headline Indicators – October 2014

Annual update of the 'Long-term Monitoring of Health Inequalities' headline indicators.

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Cancer - incidence rate aged under 75 years

There were more than 20,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed in 2012 among people aged under 75. Although the number of cases increased, the age-standardised incidence rate remained broadly stable between 1997 and 2007, and appears to have increased slightly from that position in more recent years. Overall, the incidence of cancer is more common in the most deprived areas of Scotland than the least deprived (531.2 cases per 100,000 population compared to 388.4 per 100,000 in 2012), though this is not the case for all types of cancer.

While there have been short-term fluctuations in both the relative and absolute levels of inequality, there is no clear long-term trend.

Inequalities gradient in 2012

Cancer incidence amongst those aged <75y by Income-Employment index: Scotland 2012

Relative Index of Inequality (RII) over time

Relative Index of Inequality (RII): Cancer incidence <75y - Scotland 1997-2012

Absolute range over time

Absolute range: Cancer incidence <75y - Scotland 1997-2012

Scale / context

Number of new cases

Target population size

Rate per 100,000 (EASR)

1997

17,167

4,740,269

427.4

1998

17,109

4,729,975

424.3

1999

16,914

4,721,298

417.5

2000

17,138

4,708,667

420.6

2001

17,147

4,703,661

418.9

2002

17,530

4,701,958

423.6

2003

17,574

4,702,431

420.8

2004

18,159

4,714,233

430.3

2005

17,987

4,735,320

421.9

2006

18,167

4,752,425

423.3

2007

18,775

4,783,452

430.8

2008

19,449

4,811,453

439.7

2009

19,999

4,835,007

446.6

2010

20,015

4,858,058

441.9

2011

20,208

4,888,316

441.3

2012

20,296

4,895,114

436.8

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